If you are playing in the Men’s 4BBB competition in the morning don’t forget to put your clocks fwd tonight … otherwise, you will be very late to the tee tomorrow!
First things first; I would like to thank Bryan Malone for giving me the opportunity to represent Parklands Golf Club as their Captain for 2017, it’s a great honour. My Vice Captain, Chris Bowman, is a great lad to have on my side and to help me along.
I would like to thank all the players who joined us for the Captains’ Drive-In last Saturday, and a special thank you to Maureen Jenkins and Chris Nicholson who ensured that it was a very good day all round.
In close collaboration with Chris Bowman, my team squad for 2017 has been selected. We are very happy that all of our invitations to join the squad were accepted and the following players will represent Parklands in the Hadrian League and County events. K Mossom (hcp1) and current Club Champion, C Bowman (hcp2) Vice Captain (cheers mate), C Wayman (hcp3), G Jobe (hcp5), D Gibson (hcp5), R Clarke (hcp6), R Armstrong (hcp6), L Thompson (hcp6).
The following members were also considered and I will endeavour to talk with them all very soon – T Mitchell, W McCulloch, K Miller, S Beaton, G Stott. The door is always open for anyone that thinks they should be in the squad or who hits a good streak of form. Please come and see me if you are not on the list, but feel you should also be considered. I am confident that all the players above will give one hundred percent to the team, week in and week out.
The start of the Hadrian League season will be an away game at Tyneside on 3rd May followed by a home match against Stocksfield on 10th May. In addition, we will be represented in the Northumberland and Durham Inter-County Foursomes at Longhirst Hall on Saturday 8th April by Karl Mossom and Gavin Jobe. In the Davison Cup first round, we have a tough draw with an away match at Slaley Hall.
So this is my first blog boys !!!! All that’s left for me to say is have a good year and enjoy your golf and always walk off the course with a big smile on your face.
All the very best …. Tess Mann
It’s for all existing and new potential players who wish to represent Parklands playing for the Inter (Handicap 8-15) or Rabbits (Handicap 16+) teams.
In addition to reviewing the fixtures for 2017, there will also be a brief presentation covering all aspects of what is involved in playing for either team. There will also be an opportunity to place an order for a Rabbits Polo Shirt at a very reasonable price.
All Parkland’s male members, within the above handicap ranges, who have an interest in representing Parklands in a competitive, but friendly, golf league are more than welcome to attend.
On this wet Saturday morning, we witnessed the start of the golfing season at Parklands Golf Club with the traditional Captains’ Drive In. Tess Mann, the Men’s Captain and Chris Nicholson, the Lady Captain were watched by an expectant crowd of Parklands members and friends as they prepared for the nerve testing feat of driving off in front of an audience. Neither Captain was about to disappoint with two superb drives; Tess with a characteristic stroke which passed the pond on the right and finished near the tree and Chris with a shot just slightly down the left side of the fairway. Members were asked to guess where the drives would finish, and Tess’s drive was so true to character that he won the Men’s prize, which he swiftly donated to Chris for use in a future raffle. The Lady Captain’s drive was won by Heather Stonebank. Well done to all the members who turned out to witness this traditional event and to those who played in the subsequent Texas Scramble competition.
The Drive In is at 12:00 noon, but please arrive by 11.30am and join the competition to determine where the drives will finish, hopefully on or somewhere near the first fairway. The placing of a blue stick for the Men’s Captain’s drive and a red stick for the Lady Captain’s drive is open to all attending on the day, whether you intend to play in their competition or just join us socially.
The Drive In will be followed by a Texas Scramble competition from 12:00 onwards. If you have not signed up for this event, you are will still be welcome to join in, the more the merrier.